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North Carolina

Bug Fest

BugFest!, Raleigh

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh presents the world’s largest and most unusual collection of insects and arthropods.
This one-day insect extravaganza includes tasty insect treats (for those who dare) from Café Insecta, encounters with creepy crawly critters from around the world (for the bold) and informative exhibits about nature’s most numerous group (for the curious). Activities include bee-bearding demonstrations, make-and-take crafts, live animal programs and even roach races.
Phone: (919) 733-7450.

National Hollerin’ Contest, Spivey’s Corner

Every year on the third Saturday in June, thousands gather in this otherwise sleepy small central NC town to take part in a daylong hollerin’ extravaganza. This contest has gained national recognition; some of its champions have even made guest appearances on television shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.
The competition began over 30 years ago when co-founders Ermon H. Goodwin and John Thomas jokingly suggested reviving the long-lost art of hollering in a contest to benefit the local volunteer fire department. Their idea became a reality in 1969, flooding the town with participants and onlookers and becoming a yearly event.

Today, in addition to the main contest, there’s the Junior Hollerin’ Contest, Teen Hollerin’, Conch Shell Blowin’ and the Ladies Callin’ Contest.
Phone: (910) 567-2156.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau is Spivey's Corner a census-designated place (place of special interest) in Sampson County, North Carolina. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 13 and U.S. Highway 421. Census 2000 data reports a population of 448.

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